A LIBRARY that was axed in a county council shake-up now echoes to the sounds of children.
The building has become an annexe of Bedworth Heath Nursery and Children’s Centre.
Dan Byles MP for North Warwickshire and Bedworth, was invited to cut the ribbon at the official opening.
He was assisted by one of the young children who attend the nursery in the former library on the corner of Heath Road and Smarts Road.
Afterwards he said: “I was delighted to be asked to open the new nursery and children’s centre.
“I strongly believe the former library building should remain as a community asset.”
“The parents and children I spoke to were effusive in their praise for the centre and for the staff and volunteers. “
He added: “ It is clearly already a much loved and much needed service and I will do everything I can to help and support them going forward.”
Bedworth Heath Library which served one of the borough’s biggest housing estates was closed under the county council cutbacks and replaced by a ‘honesty library’ at Bedworth Heath Community Centre in nearby Smorrall Lane.
The annexe is part of Bedworth Heath Nursery and Children’s Centre in Glebe Avenue, Bedworth, which was classified as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education.
Offering education, care and family services to children from birth to the age of five, the nursery and children’s centre was one of just a handful to receive such a high rating.
But one parent commented that it ‘not only cares deeply for the children, but the staff care for the children’s families and the community. The partnership with parents is excellent.’